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Landscape photographers at Cultural Center in NYM

Photo provided Above, Landscape at Sunset by Artist/Photographer Steve Nelson1 / 2
Spring leaves at Maplewood State Park photograph by Wade Lehmhuhl.2 / 2

Wade Lehmkuhl of Detroit Lakes and Steve Nelson of Underwood are landscape photographers, among other lines of work they have pursued. A show of their landscape photographs will run until Wednesday, Oct. 5 at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center.

Because photography is one art form practiced by nearly everyone this show and the artists' lectures at their reception will be of interest to all. Come to the lecture/reception for the artists and learn about their ideas of art and photography. Both photographers will present a short program about their photography at their reception on Friday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. These events are open to everyone at no charge.

Wade Lehmkuhl was a design engineer for most of his career, and is now pursuing landscape photography from his home base in Detroit Lakes. He has used large format camera equipment, but now employs digital cameras and a computer for his landscapes. He notes that "the digital camera cannot capture the exquisite detail that is inherent in the silver image so one must form images based in other graphic elements. I find that the effective low resolution digital image is viable if it contains combinations of large areas of color and form. It is somewhat similar to the difference between a detailed painting such as Mt. Washington by John Frederick Kensett and a pointillist work such as View Of Fort Ransom by Georges Seurat. The digital image tends to be more impressionistic."

Nelson grows wine grapes and makes wine in Underwood, but he also makes landscape images of Minnesota. He compares film with digital photography, but he arrives at a different conclusion from Lehmkuhl: "As a professional photographer, one of the most important things I learned was the absolute necessity for technical perfection and the control of your medium. I found that photography is all about light, not cameras, not film, not color, not whether you're digital or analog, not paper, but light and how light affects the subject. Yes, one must know about all these contributing factors, but without light you have no shape, no line, no color, no excitement. Light makes the difference between recording a snapshot or a photograph or painting worthy of being called art. It is with this in mind, that I now choose to view the world around me and capture the everyday sights that we ignore, both vast and minute, in light that illuminates their inherent beauty and complexity. I view painting in the same way, it is light that sculpts the image. Light is still the factor that gives artwork it's life. Our friends, our drive to work, our own backyard provide endless subjects of interest. So regardless of medium, I offer you this glimpse into the lighting of my world."

Both photographers make beautiful photographs, and both use digital cameras and computers in their work. You are invited to learn about their work on Sept. 23.